Spiritual Directors International



Days until conference

April 26- 29, 2018 | St. Louis, MO, USA

Thanks to all of our participants, volunteers, and presenters for helping to make our 2018 conference a resounding success.



Mirabai Starr is a leader in the interspirituality movement. She’s perhaps best known for her translation of Christian mystics such as Santa Teresa de Ávila, St. John of the Cross and Julian of Norwich. She also draws deeply on the traditions of her Jewish heritage, Sufi Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Author of the award-winning God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, she will focus on the divine feminine in her new book, due out in 2018.



Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei has been called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal. A Zen priest, maverick spiritual teacher and social activist, she is the founder of Center for Transformative Change. Rev. angel has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace. (The  capitalization in Rev. angel's name reflects her own usage.)

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the practices of contemplation and self-emptying, expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized. Fr. Richard is the author of numerous books, including Everything Belongs, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi.

Father Richard Rohr will connect from New Mexico via live stream for a 90 minute session.



Video of keynote speaker Mirabai Starr

This is a conference of unprecedented quality.


It’s not just the keynote speakers of global reputation – Author/translator Mirabai Starr, spiritual activist Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei and the incomparable Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM (via live stream). Nor is it just the 20-plus workshops … or the 1-day intensive sessions to learn in-depth … or the options to make a spiritual journey or go on a retreat.

The top draw is the people who attend. This is why:

Our conference is an invitation to spiritual adventure … to feel at home with strangers. Imagine it. Each unknown face will be an opportunity to expand personally, socially, spiritually. There is nothing is this world like creating community face-to-face. People learn a lot about each person they meet. They learn more about themselves.

Many attendees talk about entering a sacred and nourishing space at the conference – a place of potential, of great comfort, of profound discovery.

This is what we call the Spiritual Directors International Public Square of Spiritual Direction- a community where all people are invited to enter with their spiritual inclinations intact (or none at all). Where hospitality is the rule not the exception.


In a world that often despairs over differences, we will stand together in St. Louis to celebrate them, to show that all people deserve spiritual freedom and the opportunity to find companionship for their spiritual journeys.

Should this conference be your next step? Take a few moments – or days – and discern…. Let Spirit guide you…. No matter what you decide please remember you are welcome, now and always…. and that the journey of Spirit is not something you must do alone.



Are you a spiritual director aged 40 or under?

Do you want to help us grow the global movement of spiritual companionship?

We offer a full scholarship for the 2018 conference plus hotel and a travel stipend.

Deadline for applications is January 20,2018. More information here.



  • ​Full day workshop

  • Lunch provided

  • Networking

  • 3 Days Conference

  • 3 Plenary sessions

        (Main speakers) 

  • 2 Lunches

  • 4 Workshops

  • 2 Evenings

  • Meditation room

  • Morning practices

  • 4 day retreat

  • Lunches and dinners provided

  • Contemplative, discern, connect


People - Spirit - Connection


In-Depth Learning
The Real St. Louis
Reflect. Energize. Engage
  • One full day

  • Lunch provided

  • Local host

  • Visit sacred sites


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“The retreat gave me time to process some of the conference experiences and more. I loved the walks in nature, the food, the sunrise service, the garden outside the lounge, and mostly having sessions with a spiritual director. It was life giving for sure.”

- 2017 SDI Conference Attendee

"A deeply moving workshop because of the vulnerability of the presenters and workshop attendees."

- 2017 SDI Conference Attendee

“I was rapt! The engaging presentation was so challengingly real; the lightness of tone reminding us all that life itself evokes prayer and love and authenticity when we listen with openness.”

- 2017 SDI Conference Attendee

“It was my first experience of an SDI conference, and I found the Leadership Institute to be wonderful preparation for the rest of the conference. I got to know a few people and felt very welcome.”

- 2017 SDI Conference Attendee

“Wonderful and the Kairos blanket experience very moving!”

- 2017 SDI Conference Attendee

“This was a deeply powerful experience of disconnection leading to re-connection, and the retreat continues to unfold in my life.”

- 2017 SDI Conference Attendee




Why should you come to SDI's 2018 conference?  

Because exposure to other traditions and practices will strengthen your own. Listen to keynote speaker Mirabai Starr tell SDI executive director Anil Singh-Molares how Christians can deepen their relationship with Christ through openness and curiosity. And remember, the same is true no matter what your spiritual inclination is. The more you explore, the deeper the relationship with your root faith can grow.